Here are the latest Pulsations, links to fresh stories and visuals about Japan, shout-outs to fellow bloggers, and highly clickable stuff that we think you might enjoy.
In no particular order, they are . . .
- The number of death: Lucky and unlucky numbers in Japan (from LingaLift): In the United States, superstition has led many buildings to lack a 13th floor. In Japan and other Asian counties, the number four carries a similar stigma. Here’s a guide on how to avoid sending a damning message.
- Figurine Hair Assemblies by Teppei Kaneuji (from Spoon & Tamago): This artist has made some impressively cohesive works with the colorful plastic follicles. “I don’t feel you can state unequivocally that only stuff made from scratch is any good,” said Kaneuji.
- Hatsune Miku Debuts in North America this August with Project Diva F for PS3 (from Polygon): The virtual pop idol has made national news in the U.S. and many Americans saw her cruising through downtown Los Angeles in a recent Toyota spot. Will this new video game help her prosper across the Pacific?
- Random Thoughts: Little Culture, Big Culture (from 1,000 Things About Japan): Learning how to say “no” without saying “no.” One blogger discusses some of the more difficult elements of culture shock as a Westerner moving to Japan.
- Google Japan by Klein Dytham Architecture (from Dezeen Magazine): Google’s new Japan HQ puts a funky twist on the nation’s traditional design.
Kazuki Yamamoto takes latte art to the next frontier (from Spoon & Tamago): You may have seen latte art before, but probably not like this. If you’re a big enough fan, follow his Twitter page, where he posts daily photos for you to enjoy alongside your cup of joe. Recent caffeinated creations include a version of Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”.